Fun Facts about the Blanchards
Lots of trivia on the Blanchard side including our 8x great grandparents: the Durants: early settlers in North Carolina. Durant’s Neck, an area near the Perquimans River is still there today. The North Carolina’s web page highlights their story. There are also highway historical markers for George Durant, Ann Marwood Durant and Culpeper’s Rebellion
Besides the Durants, there are more interesting tidbits: Puritans persecuting Quakers, a man marrying five sisters, Civil War service and more. There was also slave ownership. It’s a hard fact to accept, but I believe that family history should be portrayed accurately.
Who came to America as an indentured servant in 1634?
George Sutton age 21, sailed on the ship Hercules and was an indentured servant of Nathaniel Tilden. However, two years later he married Nathaniel’s daughter Sarah. They were Quakers and moved to North Carolina to escape persecution by the Puritans.
Whose name is recorded on the first land sale in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1634?
Who purchased land in 1661 from Cisketando, a Yeopim Indian Chief?
Who was the first woman to act as an attorney in North Carolina in 1673?
Who went to London in 1675 to protest against the Plantation Duty Act of 1673?
Beginning in 1793, who married five sisters, one at a time?
Timothy Walton, Jr did. His wife died, so he married her sister, again and again. His wives were the daughters of Thomas and Mildred Billups: Mary, Nancy Ann, Rosanna, Sarah and Lucy. He had nine children in all.
Are there any other slave owners on our tree?
Was there an epidemic in Gates County around 1840?
William Blanchard and four other adult family members die in a 4 year period. Plus, there is a blurb that slaves typically lived longer than whites in Gates County, NC. An epidemic or pewter dishes, or what?
Who celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1917 in Boulder, Colorado?
TW and Belle Blanchard moved to Colorado in 1880 and had eight children. They owned a ranch on Boulder Creek which became Blanchard Lodge, and it’s still there, currently operated by Wedgwood Weddings.